Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday underlined the NDA government’s focus on improving connectivity in the northeastern region while inaugurating the 4.94 km Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest rail-cum-road span, across the Brahmaputra. The strategic bridge, which connects Dibrugarh district on the river’s south bank in Assam to Dhemaji district on the north bank, would not only improve the livelihoods of millions of people in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Modi said, but would also serve as a boon to the defence forces. The project was conceived by the Rail India Technical Economic Services in 1973, and the foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in January 1997.
However, the actual work was initiated only in 2002 by the NDA government, which was headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “On this Good Governance Day, I would like to refer to this bridge as a symbol of good governance,” Mr. Modi told a gathering at Kareng Chapori in Dhemaji after inaugurating the Rs. 5,920 crore bridge at its southern end in Dibrugarh district.